Success Stories

Prodigy Search prides itself on exceeding expectations and over-delivering with every executive recruitment search project we engage in. A sample of our recent success stories include:

Insignia Event Services
Assistant General Manager

NEED: Insignia Event Services is a business unit affiliated with the Arizona Cardinals, tasked with aiding ASM Global in the production of all events at State Farm Stadium including all Arizona Cardinals games. In addition to Arizona Cardinals games, Insignia Event Services exclusively manages Sportsman’s Park. Sportsman’s Park has been a site for pre-game festivities, tailgating, concerts, festivals, weddings, graduations, corporate events, and other related experiences. Insignia Event Services was looking to fill the role of Assistant General Manager, and in this role, the candidate would need to assist in guiding the development of Insignia Event Services, driving the vision and execution of programming development for Sportsman’s Park (SP), the Great Lawn and any additional owned assets and/or programmable spaces. Also, the AGM would be responsible for leading business development and marketing efforts while also assisting the GM with the overall management, promotion, and operations of Insignia Event Services.

RESULT: In order to find someone who would be the right fit for Insignia Event Services, they contacted Prodigy Search in an attempt to do just that. Prodigy was now tasked with finding an individual who was proven in executive management and leadership experience, had experience building and maintaining great vendor relationships, had an established track record of developing and managing budgets, along with being a self-motivated person with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. With all of that in mind, after a detailed search, the person that was eventually hired was Joseph Bertoletti. Bertoletti has over 15 years of experience and spent 6 years working for City of Surprise as the Senior Associate Director for Sports & Tourism where he facilitated and cultivated the partnership between the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, City of Surprise, and the City’s Major League Baseball spring training complex, as well as enhanced, developed, and innovative business strategies and operations for all revenue generating divisions of Surprise Stadium including Spring Training sponsorship, ticket sales, facility rentals and business partnerships. With the impressive background combined with being the right fit, Bertoletti was a great hire for Insignia Event Services.

US Sailing
Senior Vice President, Development

NEED: The United States Sailing Association, Inc. (US Sailing), a membership organization, is the national governing body for sailing (NGB) and provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. As the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing, US Sailing’s mission is to provide leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States. At the time, US Sailing was in need of a Senior Vice President, Development. This role included working closely with the CEO, the Foundation Chair and Board of Directors to design, lead, and implement a sustainable development strategy to increase philanthropic revenue for its mission and programs, including youth development and the Olympics.

RESULT: With this role being pertinent to the operations of US Sailing as a whole, it was critical that they found the right person. With that in mind, they partnered with Prodigy Search to find the exact person that US Sailing was looking for, after Prodigy having a deep understanding of the organization after placing the US Sailing CEO a year prior. This person would need to have an extensive understanding in donor cultivation, research, and pipeline development of gifts from the individual, foundation, and corporate sectors while also being able to engage with Board Members around short-term and long-term fundraising goals through board liaison work. That person ended up being Blaine Pedlow. Pedlow is an accomplished senior development executive and long-time sailor, who has over 10 years of experience managing major gifts and foundation fundraising for various academic, athletic, and technical research organizations. “I am thrilled to welcome Blaine Pedlow to the US Sailing family,” said Alan Ostfield, CEO of US Sailing. “Blaine brings a terrific blend of broad sailing experiences and great development knowledge. With this combined skillset, he will be a fantastic addition to our existing leadership team.”